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Antrim Allianz Cumann na Bunscol Indoor 5 a-side Hurling Finals   27/01/2019

The Belfast section of the Antrim Allianz Cumann Na Bunscol indoor Hurling Final took place at

La Salle Secondary School . The four group winners - Bunscoil Phobal Feirste, Christ The Redeemer, Bunscoil An

tSleibhe Dhuibh and Holy Child PS made for a highly competitive event.

The opening game between Christ The Redeemer and Bunscoil An tSléibhe

Dhuibh didn’t disappoint with end to end hurling finishing in a 3-3 draw. Next up

Holy Child took on 2018 winners Bunscoil Phobal Feirste. It was a much tighter

affair and a game of few chances. A defensive mistake from Holy Child gave

Liam Finnegan an easy chance and he finished well to give Bunscoil Phobal

Feirste a 1-0 win.

Bunscoil Phobal Feirste had a quick break before taking on Christ The

Redeemer. The favourites Bunscoil took an early lead and looked composed.

However, 2 quick goals from Christ the Redeemer turned the tables. Bunscoil

equalised again but as time was running out Christ The Redeember scored again

to produce a fantastic win.

In the third game Holy Child started slowly again against Bunscoil An Tsleibhe

Dhuibh. A few stray passes eventually leading to goal to give Bunscoil the lead.

This seemed to spark Holy Child into life. Good play by Aaron Anderson in

midfield found Matthew Murray free to smash home and level the scores at 1-1.

Both teams were closely matched. Some resolute defending from Brendan

McMorrow kept Holy Child in the game. A good effort from Anderson

rebounded off the wall and forced the Bunscoil An Tsleibhe Dhuibh out of his

box. This resulted in a penalty that Anderson was never going to miss. With

seconds remaining Holy Child’s goalkeeper Ronan Smith made the save of the

day, diving to deny an all but certain equaliser. The whistle blew to end the game

2-1 to Holy Child.

Bunscoil An tSsleibhe Dhuibh took on Bunscoil Phobal Feirste with both needing a

win to have a chance of qualifying for the Antrim County Finals. A tight game

ended with a 2-0 victory for Bunscoil An tSleibhe Dhuibh.


One point separated the top three teams, setting up a great final game. Both

Holy Child and Christ The Redeemer knew that a win would see either win the

trophy. The game started with both teams showing some nerves in their play. As

the game settled, it was Holy Child that took the ascendancy. Again Anderson

along with Aidan Pierce were winning the midfield battle. A great piece of play

ended with Matthew Murray finishing to give Holy Child the lead. This seemed

to inspire confidence in Holy Child who went close again on a few occasions. The

second goal came from Aidan Pierce after a good clearance from McMorrow.

James McDonald came on for Holy Child and immediately made an impact. His

run through on goal forced the goalkeeper out of the box. Anderson scored the

penalty to seal a 3-0 win and give Holy Child the title.

After some calculating, Bunscoil An tSléibhe Dhuibh finished second in the

group and join Holy Child in the Antrim County Finals in February. It was a

fantastic display of hurling from all the schools involved, well done.